Iran blocks Telegram and Instagram. It's The Daily Crunch.
THE DAILY CRUNCH
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2 2018 By Anthony Ha
Iran cracks down on social media, a YouTube star apologizes and a smart lock startup shuts down. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for January 2, 2018. (Also, I'm on vacation today but I made time to write the newsletter anyway — because I love you. Yes, you.)
Iranian state television has said that authorities are temporarily blocking those services in order to "maintain peace." The country's ICT minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted directly at Telegram founder Pavel Durov and claimed that one of the platform's channels "is encouraging hateful conduct, use of Molotov cocktails, armed uprisings, and social unrest."
How big is Telegram's footprint in Iran? Last year, Durov said the service had 40 million monthly users there, which is about half the country's population.
The video was taken at Aokigahara, a forest in Japan that is known for suicides. Titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest" with a thumbnail image of Paul standing in front of a blurred out body, the video got more than 1 million views before being removed.